Hair Care in winter season
Hair Care in winter season
The Indian climate is divided in three seasons i.e. winter, summer and rainy season. As climate directly affects our body; human health has some up-downs according to seasonal variations. So that ayurveda has described special seasonal regimen to be followed to maintain optimum heath called Ritucharya. Amongst all the winter season is known as healthiest period of the year. As per Ayurveda winter season is consists of Hemant and Shishir ritu in which immune power is at highest level. The Hemant and Shishir ritu are characterized by cold weather, clear sky, pleasant sunlight, lovely nature and bunch of festivals along with adjoining holidays.
Due to the cold weather digestive power is at peak so it’s a best period to build your health and body. The lovely nature with lots of flowers makes the mind happy and energetic. This favorable cold weather impacts our skin and hair very badly if the appropriate care was not taken. The best way to keep your hairs beautiful is to understand the effect of cold climate and essential care elevating hair look.
Cold weather and its Effect on Hair
The outermost layer of hair shaft is made up of dead cells overlapping each other called the cuticle. It forms the scales which strengthens hair shaft and protects them from outer environment. The cold and dry air in winter opens up overlapping dead cells of cuticle resulting in brittle and frizzy hairs. Also cold climate reduces the blood supply of the scalp making it dehydrated and dry. The dry scalp leads to scaling, dandruff and poor nourishment of hairs. Hairs feel dull, brittle and you shed more strands in winter seasons. To avoid such damage from the evil effects following precaution are essential.
Oil your Hair and Scalp
It’s highly necessary to moisturize and keep hairs and scalp hydrated. The oil prepares the protective layer which locks the moisture inside preventing cuticle damage. The gentle massage with warm oil to the scalp improves the blood supply and enriches the nutrition of hair shaft. Instead of plain coconut oil, hair oil prepared by combination of til tail, coconut oil and processed with especially Bhringaraj is helpful for massage. The Til tail and Bhringaraj are warm in nature that helps to improve microcirculation of scalp and hair shaft in cold climate. Please check mineral oil is not the content of your hair oil. In the non-sticky oils mineral oil is the major ingredient; it is the colorless odorless byproduct of petroleum distillation. The mineral oil will not nourish the scalp and hairs. So natural oil obtained from coconut, til, almond and enriched by herbs shall be selected for hair care. Hence it’s recommended twice a week oil massage to hairs and daily to the scalp with little oil is essential to keep your hairs healthy in winter.
If your scalp tends to scaly or has dandruff, use oil containing either camphor, bibhitak, dhattur or all as ingredients. As per studies conducted these ingredients stimulates the blood supply and prevents dryness and scaling, also acts against the dandruff giving you healthy and shiny hairs. Please don’t use hard Anti-dandruff shampoo in this season; most of foaming agents or surfactants has alkaline pH that increases dryness and hair damage.
Hair washing and Drying in winter:
Shampoo your hairs once or twice a week depending on your requirement. The warm water should be used for hair wash, boiling hot water damages your scalp and hairs resulting in premature graying and shedding. Avoid too much shampooing as erodes the scalp and hair cuticles. Use mild conditioning shampoo or shikekai for hair wash. The decoction of shikekai and Ritha is the effective remedy against the dandruff. This natural hair wash cleans the hair and scalp also maintains moisture along with conditioning. Now shampoos containing both the ingredients are available in market. Always oil your hairs before and after shampoo to prevent from harmful effect of foaming agents or surfactants present in it. That also shine your hairs, for dull hairs curd is the simple answer. Washing hairs with curd will give your hairs natural shine and conditioning like any chemical conditioner.
After washing, dry your hairs using cotton towel that will adsorb maximum water from your hairs. You can use the hair dryer at lowest setting to the moist hairs as hot air increases the dryness of the scalp. Don’t keep your hair wet as it will lead to dandruff growth. It wet hairs comes in contact with dust fungal growth takes place. So always keep wet hairs covered and never go outdoor with it.
Get Rid of Split Ends
The dryness and impaired nutrition of the hair in cold climate causes split ends. The hydration of the scalp and hairs is the key of hair nutrition. Hence use protective hair styling, don’t keep your hairs loose often and keep covered when possible especially during travel so that it will get less exposed to cold and dry winds. Regularly trim the split ends it also prevent the hair breakage. Use wide tooth comb instead of brush to prevent hair damage during split ends.
Fight against the Itchy Scalp
Itchy scalp is the common problem faced by men and women in winter season. Due to cold and dry air scalp looses the moisture separating the dead cell flakes from the scalp. That is the main reason behind itching. These flakes resemble with the dandruff, but it is not dandruff. But this dead cell flakes may promote fungal growth causing dandruff. The vitamin E reduces the oxidative stress in scalp cells preventing cell deaths and prepare protective lipid layer over the scalp maintaining moisture. It reduces dryness and itching of scalp. The natural coconut oil, sesame oil are rich source of vitamin E.
The massage with little warm oil containing dhattur, regular hair wash, timely hair drying and keeping hair covered from dust are helpful for itchy scalp. Gentle massage with warm coconut oil to the scalp will improve the blood supply, maintain moisture balance nourishes hair follicle, and prevents the scaling.
Hair Mask for healthy growth
In winter season scalp follicle nourishment is very important. The hair mask prepared from Aloevera pulp, Hibiscus flower (Jaswand) paste, coconut oil nourishes the scalp also acts as natural conditioner promoting hair growth. This mask also protects cuticle and enhances natural hair shine. In case of dandruff you can use Nimb paste along with above ingredients that will combat fungal infection and prevent itchy scalp.
According to ayurveda cold weather traps the body inside; stimulating digestive fire; so that hunger is good in winter season. To improve the hair health eat food rich in vitamin E, C and having good source of calcium. Ancient ayurveda knowledge states that hair growth directly related with bone nourishment. Hence a glass full of milk is essential to fulfill calcium requirement of your body. The pleasant sunbath of every morning in winter season stimulates vitamin D formation under the skin. All vegetable oils are rich sources of vitamin E, as digestive power is high you can add sufficient amount of oils, proteins in your daily diet. Almond is the good source of protein, vitamin E and hot in nature. It will take care of your hair and health efficiently in winter season.